Clearwire enlisted some big help in its effort to switch to another flavor of 4G technology.
The upstart high-speed wireless provider said today that it had formed a partnership with China Mobile to work together to develop products and equipment using a standard of 4G technology called TD-LTE, which is incompatible with what the other major U.S. carriers are using.
By partnering with China Mobile, Clearwire takes advantage of the breadth and scale of the Chinese company, which is the world's largest carrier with more than 700 million subscribers. The goal is to set common standards and product … Read more
Who says fashion and technology can't mix? Sprint, for one.
Today the carrier announced a new handset, the thin and superlight LG Marquee, putting it on track for an October 2 release. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the smartphone features a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch Nova display, 5-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Known in other circles as the Optimus Black, the LG Marquee also offers users 512MB RAM, 2GB ROM, and requisite support for Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.
For software, the Marquee offers Swype for its virtual QWERTY keyboard and the standard fare of Sprint apps and services. Like many of the carrier's other Android handsets, the device also supports Sprint ID, which lets users customize the five home screens with niche apps, ringers, wallpapers, widgets, and more.
Keeping in line with New York Fashion Week, the phone will be launched in partnership with MADE, a nonprofit design collective and will feature carrying cases designed by five up-and-coming designers. These cases will make their catwalk appearance tomorrow during LG's launch event.
Presale orders of the LG Marquee start September 20 and run for one full week. Buyers who take advantage of the early offer will begin receiving their devices on September 29, three days before its debut in stores. The price is $99 with qualified two-year service agreements and after a $50 mail-in rebate. … Read more
Sprint Nextel may be getting an iPad of its very own.
Web site 9to5mac reported today that Apple and Sprint have completed work on an iPad that is compatible with Sprint's wireless network. This comes on the heels of reports that Sprint will also carry the iPhone.
If true, the products represent a strengthening of ties between Apple and Sprint, and would put Sprint on par with its larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Sprint has the added benefit of offering more attractive rate plans with the devices.
The site reports that the Sprint version of the iPad is completely separate from the Verizon model, which runs on the compatible 3G CDMA technology. It's unclear whether the Sprint iPad would run on the 3G or 4G WiMax network, which is run by Sprint partner Clearwire, according to 9to5mac. But it's unlikely that Apple would invest in building a WiMax device when most companies are looking to alternative 4G technology LTE.
A Sprint representative declined to comment to CNET. An Apple representative wasn't immediately available for comment.
Without an iPad of its own, Sprint had resorted to pitching its mobile hot spot as a way to provide a Wi-Fi connection to the blockbuster tablet. … Read more
This post has been updated since its original publish date of March 14, 2010, with new picks.
Earlier this week we highlighted some of your favorite smartphones and as promised then, we now have your least favorite. These handsets (presented in no particular order) had a lower average user rating (2.5 stars or lower, with at least 10 user reviews) compared with their competitors, and just like we did for the favorites, we included our bottom line as well as an excerpt from a user review that gives an example of why these devices didn't fare so well. … Read more
Well, that didn't take very long. One month after acquiring a majority stake in Beats Electronics, HTC revealed today its first smartphone to integrate Beats audio technology, the HTC Sensation XE.
As first reported by CNET, the Sensation XE is a souped-up version of the HTC Sensation 4G that utilizes Beats Audio to enhance to the sound experience of the handset and also comes with a pair of custom Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Once plugged in, the phone automatically detects the headset and switches to a custom Beats sound profile that should deliver fuller bass, crisper vocals, and … Read more
Tyron Stading, founder and chief technology officer of Innography, a software company that pores through data related to intellectual property, said his company's analysis found that Google may not have had the right to sell two of the nine patents.
At issue were missing signatures from the original inventors of patents bought from Palm and Motorola. In both cases, inventors didn't assign the technology to the company, meaning … Read more
The two phones that should take the stage are the HTC Runnymede and the HTC Bliss. Specifications and press-ready images have surfaced for the two handsets over the past few weeks, painting a picture of an ever-evolving HTC product line.
We've told you already about the HTC Bliss. Long rumored with a September 29 launch date, it's pretty much official that it will offer a 3.7-inch Super LCD display, a 5-megapixel … Read more
Verizon Wireless plans to launch a cheaper contract-free plan nationally this week, allowing it to better compete for bargain-seeking consumers.
The nation's largest wireless carrier will offer the plan, which includes unlimited calling, text messages and Internet use for $50 a month and is known as "Unleashed," on Thursday, according to the Dow Jones Newswires. The offer will be available in Verizon stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target.
Verizon's move underscores the growing allure of the prepaid business as one of the last areas of growth in the wireless industry. Verizon has long held a lackluster … Read more
Verizon Wireless wants to make it easier to use its app store.
The wireless provider said today that it is partnering with start-up Chomp to improve the accuracy and relevancy of searches in its Verizon app store. Rather than search by name, Chomp provides results based on what an app does, as opposed to what it is called.
The two are looking to shore up a natural dilemma that has sprung up from having so many different applications: finding the right app for you. Verizon is hoping that the better search function will set it apart from other app stores and draw in new users. Chomp, which already has a search app on iOS and Android, benefits from the high-profile partnership.
"It's widely known in the mobile app world that there's so many apps that it's terribly difficult for customers to find quality content," said Todd Murphy, director of customer service at Verizon. "It's really going to take app discoverability and the app search approach to a whole new level."
Chomp Chief Executive Ben Keighran said: "It's actually a difficult problem."
He noted that when you search for a generic task or topic, you almost always get poor search results. That's because few people have invested in app searches, he said.
The partnership is part of Verizon's push to better lure in developers and get a piece of the app business largely dominated by the likes of Apple and Google. Today marks the start of the Verizon Developer Community Conference in Las Vegas. … Read more
Admit it. There have been times when you've wanted to drop-kick your phone into the next county. But would it be satisfying to use kicking gestures to control your phone? An experimental interface lets you do just that. The idea is to provide an alternative input method when your hands are occupied.
Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. and the University of Manitoba in Canada are developing a smartphone interface that lets you kick to flick, zoom, and navigate menus. The researchers used an Xbox Kinect and tablet to simulate the interface and studied how people do with the kick gesture. A working version would use your phone's camera.
The researchers found that people can reliably kick in five directions and at two velocities, which provides enough variety for useful phone control. (See the video below.)
This could be the first smartphone interface that presents a non-negligible risk of getting you arrested. Kick someone on the sidewalk, and I'm guessing the smartphone-gesture-interface defense isn't going to get you very far with the assault charge.… Read more